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Players

Nate Palmer
LB #51
Height:
6-2
Weight:
248
Age:
24
College:
Illinois State
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2013):

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17
SCK
0.0
FF
0
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Biography

  • A collegiate defensive end who will look to make the transition to outside linebacker at the pro level after being taken with the team’s lone choice in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (193rd overall).
  • A native of Chicago, he began his college career at the University of Illinois before transferring and playing out his final two seasons at Illinois State in Normal, Ill.
  • Earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors following both his junior and senior seasons at Illinois State after combining to start all 24 games and posting 117 tackles (50 solo), including 25½ for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over the two-year stretch for the Redbirds.
  • Led the MVFC with a career-high 9½ sacks as a junior in 2011, and despite only playing two seasons, finished his career ranked third in school history in QB hurries (31) and eighth in sacks (17).
  • Was selected to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl following his senior season, becoming the 15th Illinois State player to be chosen for a postseason all-star game and the first since 2008.
  • Was a four-sport letterman at Simeon High School in Chicago, where he spent time as a basketball teammate of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.


CAREER Highlights:

  • Began his career at the University of Illinois, seeing action for the Illini during both the 2009-10 seasons, before transferring to Division I-AA Illinois State to play out his junior and senior years.
  • Was selected with the team’s lone choice in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, becoming the 12th player in Illinois State history to be drafted and the first since 2007 (WR Laurent Robinson, Atlanta).
  • Just the second player in school history to be drafted by the Packers, he joined DB Estus Hood, who was selected in the third round in 1978 and went on to appear in 104 games for Green Bay over the next seven seasons. 
  • Became an instant impact player for the Redbirds upon his arrival on campus, assuming the role of immediate starter and earning second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors at DE following both his junior and senior seasons.
  • Finished his career having started all 24 games over his two seasons, amassing 117 tackles (50 solo), including 25½ for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
  • Despite only competing for two seasons, finished his career ranked third in school history for career QB hurries (31) and eighth in sacks (17).
  • Named a second-team All-MVFC selection for the second consecutive season in 2012 after setting new career highs for starts (13), tackles (71), solo tackles (26), tackles for loss (15), and forced fumbles (three). Also had 7½ sacks, which ranked second on the team and fourth in the conference.
  • Enjoyed a breakout first season at the Football Championship Subdivision level in 2011. Earned second-team All-MVFC honors and was also named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team after starting all 11 games at DE and making 46 tackles (24 solo), including 10½ for loss, and a team and conference-leading 9½ sacks.
  • Also had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that season, with the recovery resulting in a 42-yard return for a touchdown vs. Morehead State.
  • Appeared in 21 games over the course of his two seasons at Illinois between 2009-10, seeing time mostly on special teams but also in a reserve role at defensive end. Totaled nine tackles (two solo) on defense.
  • A highly recruited prep prospect who was a member of a heralded 2008 recruiting class for the Illini, one that featured future NFL first-round draft picks Corey Liuget (San Diego, 2011) and Whitney Mercilus (Houston, 2012), and second-round picks Mikel Leshoure (Detroit, 2011) and Tavon Wilson (New England, 2012).
  • Earned his degree in health science at Illinois State.


2012:
Earned second-team All-MVFC honors for the second consecutive season after starting all 13 games and finishing with new career highs with 71 tackles (26 solo) and 15½ tackles for a loss, in addition to 7½ sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed…Ranked third in the conference in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks, while also being credited with a team-best 27 QB hurries...One of the senior leaders for a team that made it to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals before bowing out to second-seeded Eastern Washington…Was selected to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl following the season, becoming the 15th Illinois State player to be chosen for a postseason all-star game and the first since 2008…Vs. Southern Illinois (Oct. 6): Finished with seven tackles (four solo), including three for a loss and a career-high-tying two sacks…Vs. Missouri State (Oct. 20): Had a career-high nine tackles (one solo)…At Northern Iowa (Oct. 27): Made four tackles (three solo), including one for a loss and a sack in a 33-21 road win over the Panthers…Vs. Eastern Washington (Dec. 8): Tallied seven tackles (four solo, one for loss), a sack, a pass defensed and an additional QB hurry in the team’s national quarterfinal loss to the second-seeded Eagles.  

2011: In the interest of playing time, made the decision to transfer to Illinois State in time for spring practice and went on to claim a starting role at DE for the Redbirds…Burst on to the FCS scene by starting all 11 games and earning second-team All-MVFC honors after leading the conference in sacks with a career-best 9½…For the season, also posted 46 tackles (24 solo), including 10½ for a loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery (that he returned for a TD) and a pass defensed…Was also named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team as one of the lynchpins on a Redbirds defense that ranked No. 1 in the conference in yards allowed per game (294.8 avg.)…Vs. Morehead State (Sept. 10): Registered a sack and returned a fumble 42 yards for a TD to extend the ISU lead to 14-0 in the first quarter…At North Dakota State (Oct. 1): Tallied a season-high eight tackles and a sack…Vs. Indiana State (Oct. 22): Was named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week after tallying five tackles, including three for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble against the nationally ranked Sycamores.

2010: Appeared in nine games as a reserve LB, seeing most of his playing time come on special teams…Tallied six tackles on defense (two solo).

2009: Made his collegiate debut, appearing in all 12 games, playing predominantly on special teams, but also sparingly on defense where he recorded three assisted tackles…Also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for his work in the classroom…Vs. Missouri (Sept. 5): Made his collegiate debut on special teams. 

2008: Redshirted...Was a member of a heralded 2008 recruiting class for the Illini, one that featured future NFL first-round draft picks Corey Liuget (San Diego, 2011) and Whitney Mercilus (Houston, 2012), and second-round picks Mikel Leshoure (Detroit, 2011) and Tavon Wilson (New England, 2012).

HIGH SCHOOL: A highly recruited high school player who was a four-sport letterman at Simeon High School in Chicago…Was named to the 2007 All-Public League team by the Chicago Sun-Times and the special mention all-state team by the Champaign News-Gazette following his senior season…Earned All-American acclaim from both SuperPrep and PrepStar Magazine…Listed as a three-star prospect who was rated the No. 17 overall player in the state of Illinois and the No. 55 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com…Was also ranked as the No. 39 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com…Saw action at DE, TE, LB and OL during his high school career…Recorded 128 tackles and 18 sacks on defense and 10 catches for 250 yards (25.0 avg.) and a TD on offense…Also lettered two years each in baseball, track and field and also basketball, where he was a teammate of Chicago Bulls standout point guard Derrick Rose for both seasons.

PERSONAL: Given name Nathan Palmer Jr. …Nickname is “Nate P.”…Born in Chicago…Single…Volunteered to serve dinners to the homeless at the Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, Ill., while at Illinois State…Also spent time volunteering with Special Olympics of Illlinois…During college, held summer jobs at the Boys and Girls Club in Champaign and later as a busboy and food expediter at the Bloomington Country Club…Named his father, Nathan Sr., as the biggest influence on him as he never made excuses and successfully started his own trucking business in Chicago…Enjoys watching movies and playing and watching basketball in his free time, naming the Chicago Bulls as his favorite team and still counts the all-star Rose among his friends…Was also a football teammate of New Orleans Saints LB Martez Wilson in high school and at Illinois…Lists DeMarcus Ware and Ken Griffey Jr. as his favorite athletes, Any Given Sunday and Forrest Gump as his favorite movies, Grey’s Anatomy and The Walking Dead as his favorite TV shows, and Ludacris as his favorite musical artist…Is interested in traveling to Europe in the future...Residence: Chicago.

  • A collegiate defensive end who will look to make the transition to outside linebacker at the pro level after being taken with the team’s lone choice in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (193rd overall).
  • A native of Chicago, he began his college career at the University of Illinois before transferring and playing out his final two seasons at Illinois State in Normal, Ill.
  • Earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors following both his junior and senior seasons at Illinois State after combining to start all 24 games and posting 117 tackles (50 solo), including 25½ for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over the two-year stretch for the Redbirds.
  • Led the MVFC with a career-high 9½ sacks as a junior in 2011, and despite only playing two seasons, finished his career ranked third in school history in QB hurries (31) and eighth in sacks (17).
  • Was selected to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl following his senior season, becoming the 15th Illinois State player to be chosen for a postseason all-star game and the first since 2008.
  • Was a four-sport letterman at Simeon High School in Chicago, where he spent time as a basketball teammate of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.


CAREER Highlights:

  • Began his career at the University of Illinois, seeing action for the Illini during both the 2009-10 seasons, before transferring to Division I-AA Illinois State to play out his junior and senior years.
  • Was selected with the team’s lone choice in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, becoming the 12th player in Illinois State history to be drafted and the first since 2007 (WR Laurent Robinson, Atlanta).
  • Just the second player in school history to be drafted by the Packers, he joined DB Estus Hood, who was selected in the third round in 1978 and went on to appear in 104 games for Green Bay over the next seven seasons. 
  • Became an instant impact player for the Redbirds upon his arrival on campus, assuming the role of immediate starter and earning second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors at DE following both his junior and senior seasons.
  • Finished his career having started all 24 games over his two seasons, amassing 117 tackles (50 solo), including 25½ for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
  • Despite only competing for two seasons, finished his career ranked third in school history for career QB hurries (31) and eighth in sacks (17).
  • Named a second-team All-MVFC selection for the second consecutive season in 2012 after setting new career highs for starts (13), tackles (71), solo tackles (26), tackles for loss (15), and forced fumbles (three). Also had 7½ sacks, which ranked second on the team and fourth in the conference.
  • Enjoyed a breakout first season at the Football Championship Subdivision level in 2011. Earned second-team All-MVFC honors and was also named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team after starting all 11 games at DE and making 46 tackles (24 solo), including 10½ for loss, and a team and conference-leading 9½ sacks.
  • Also had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that season, with the recovery resulting in a 42-yard return for a touchdown vs. Morehead State.
  • Appeared in 21 games over the course of his two seasons at Illinois between 2009-10, seeing time mostly on special teams but also in a reserve role at defensive end. Totaled nine tackles (two solo) on defense.
  • A highly recruited prep prospect who was a member of a heralded 2008 recruiting class for the Illini, one that featured future NFL first-round draft picks Corey Liuget (San Diego, 2011) and Whitney Mercilus (Houston, 2012), and second-round picks Mikel Leshoure (Detroit, 2011) and Tavon Wilson (New England, 2012).
  • Earned his degree in health science at Illinois State.


2012:
Earned second-team All-MVFC honors for the second consecutive season after starting all 13 games and finishing with new career highs with 71 tackles (26 solo) and 15½ tackles for a loss, in addition to 7½ sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed…Ranked third in the conference in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks, while also being credited with a team-best 27 QB hurries...One of the senior leaders for a team that made it to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals before bowing out to second-seeded Eastern Washington…Was selected to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl following the season, becoming the 15th Illinois State player to be chosen for a postseason all-star game and the first since 2008…Vs. Southern Illinois (Oct. 6): Finished with seven tackles (four solo), including three for a loss and a career-high-tying two sacks…Vs. Missouri State (Oct. 20): Had a career-high nine tackles (one solo)…At Northern Iowa (Oct. 27): Made four tackles (three solo), including one for a loss and a sack in a 33-21 road win over the Panthers…Vs. Eastern Washington (Dec. 8): Tallied seven tackles (four solo, one for loss), a sack, a pass defensed and an additional QB hurry in the team’s national quarterfinal loss to the second-seeded Eagles.  

2011: In the interest of playing time, made the decision to transfer to Illinois State in time for spring practice and went on to claim a starting role at DE for the Redbirds…Burst on to the FCS scene by starting all 11 games and earning second-team All-MVFC honors after leading the conference in sacks with a career-best 9½…For the season, also posted 46 tackles (24 solo), including 10½ for a loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery (that he returned for a TD) and a pass defensed…Was also named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team as one of the lynchpins on a Redbirds defense that ranked No. 1 in the conference in yards allowed per game (294.8 avg.)…Vs. Morehead State (Sept. 10): Registered a sack and returned a fumble 42 yards for a TD to extend the ISU lead to 14-0 in the first quarter…At North Dakota State (Oct. 1): Tallied a season-high eight tackles and a sack…Vs. Indiana State (Oct. 22): Was named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week after tallying five tackles, including three for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble against the nationally ranked Sycamores.

2010: Appeared in nine games as a reserve LB, seeing most of his playing time come on special teams…Tallied six tackles on defense (two solo).

2009: Made his collegiate debut, appearing in all 12 games, playing predominantly on special teams, but also sparingly on defense where he recorded three assisted tackles…Also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for his work in the classroom…Vs. Missouri (Sept. 5): Made his collegiate debut on special teams. 

2008: Redshirted...Was a member of a heralded 2008 recruiting class for the Illini, one that featured future NFL first-round draft picks Corey Liuget (San Diego, 2011) and Whitney Mercilus (Houston, 2012), and second-round picks Mikel Leshoure (Detroit, 2011) and Tavon Wilson (New England, 2012).

HIGH SCHOOL: A highly recruited high school player who was a four-sport letterman at Simeon High School in Chicago…Was named to the 2007 All-Public League team by the Chicago Sun-Times and the special mention all-state team by the Champaign News-Gazette following his senior season…Earned All-American acclaim from both SuperPrep and PrepStar Magazine…Listed as a three-star prospect who was rated the No. 17 overall player in the state of Illinois and the No. 55 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com…Was also ranked as the No. 39 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com…Saw action at DE, TE, LB and OL during his high school career…Recorded 128 tackles and 18 sacks on defense and 10 catches for 250 yards (25.0 avg.) and a TD on offense…Also lettered two years each in baseball, track and field and also basketball, where he was a teammate of Chicago Bulls standout point guard Derrick Rose for both seasons.

PERSONAL: Given name Nathan Palmer Jr. …Nickname is “Nate P.”…Born in Chicago…Single…Volunteered to serve dinners to the homeless at the Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, Ill., while at Illinois State…Also spent time volunteering with Special Olympics of Illlinois…During college, held summer jobs at the Boys and Girls Club in Champaign and later as a busboy and food expediter at the Bloomington Country Club…Named his father, Nathan Sr., as the biggest influence on him as he never made excuses and successfully started his own trucking business in Chicago…Enjoys watching movies and playing and watching basketball in his free time, naming the Chicago Bulls as his favorite team and still counts the all-star Rose among his friends…Was also a football teammate of New Orleans Saints LB Martez Wilson in high school and at Illinois…Lists DeMarcus Ware and Ken Griffey Jr. as his favorite athletes, Any Given Sunday and Forrest Gump as his favorite movies, Grey’s Anatomy and The Walking Dead as his favorite TV shows, and Ludacris as his favorite musical artist…Is interested in traveling to Europe in the future...Residence: Chicago.